As for who would televise it, Bob Arum, the head of Top Rank, told Maxboxing on Wednesday afternoon, “There’s a question at HBO whether they have the money to go ahead with it but I have no problem doing a pay-per-view with this fight.”
Arum was unable to attend the fight last weekend as his stepdaughter, Dena duBoef was getting married. But the veteran promoter had to deal with all the ancillary issues that come with promoting the mercurial Chavez and his fluctuating weight.
“It’s drama; it’s too much drama,” said Arum, who came to the realization long ago that he’s just along for this rollercoaster ride, “and he’s got to get with a real trainer and he’s got to listen to the trainer and he can’t run things himself. He’s a fighter and he wants to do a rematch and, hopefully, we’ll do a rematch and he’ll be in shape.”
Top Rank would like a quick turnaround for Chavez, believing the more down time he has, the greater the chance he’ll blow up in weight (again). They also would like to see him fight twice in 2013.
Courtesy of Nielsen Media Research:
The opening bout Saturday night on HBO featured rising star Adonis Stevenson and his superb defense of his light heavyweight title against Tavoris Cloud. The event from Montreal attracted 1,177,000 viewers. The figure marks a solid 15 percent increase from Stevenson’s first-ever appearance on HBO last June, when his KO win over Chad Dawson recorded 1,024,000 viewers.
The main event of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Bryan Vera last Saturday night in California registered 1,416,000 viewers, ranking as cable television’s most watched fight of 2013.
Say what you will about “Julio Drama”; he is still a guy who can bring eyeballs to televisions. But last year, his bout against Marco Antonio Rubio had 1.9 million viewers and his contest against Andy Lee had 1.6 million viewers.
In terms of attendance, Chavez-Vera sold 4,137 tickets with 908 comps for a total of $334,831. Last year, Chavez played to much larger numbers in San Antonio, El Paso and Las Vegas and had multimillion-dollar gates. It didn’t help matters that more than one complaint has been lodged in this direction over the fact that $25 dollar tickets were said to be sold out and then suddenly available just a day or two before the fight.
Arum explained that with duBoef - who handles such matters for the company - getting married, there was a communication lapse and those tickets, supposed to be released a few weeks ago, instead went on sale late last week. Arum said this faux pas would never happen again.
Make no doubt about it; Chavez is still a draw but this brand has taken a hit in 2013.
So what’s the latest with junior featherweight king Guillermo Rigondeaux?
Well, it looks like he will be on HBO but according to Arum, “[HBO] wants him to move to November but Frank Espinoza says that his guy [Joseph Agbeko] isn’t going to be ready. So that remains to be decided.”
The word is HBO is looking into making November 16th a split-site broadcast (they already have the return of Andre Ward versus Edwin Rodriguez from Ontario, California on the schedule) with Rigondeaux involved.
Arum says if worse comes to worse, he will slot the talented Cuban on the Chavez-Vera II pay-per-view undercard.
Here’s my latest contribution to SportsOnEarth.com on the return of Miguel Cotto to Top Rank/HBO:
Here’s this week’s episode of “The Next Round”:
So what was trainer Kevin Cunningham’s reaction to Amir Khan’s statement that he’s still planning to face Devon Alexander on December 7th? “They are full of sh*t.” That about sums it up...The “30 for 30” on October 15th, “No Mas,” will focus on the infamous rematch between Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Duran…HBO will have live coverage of the heavyweight title tilt between Wladimir Klitschko and Alexander Povetkin at 3:30 p.m., ET, before broadcasting Miguel Cotto’s bout against Delvin Rodriguez and Terence Crawford-Andrey Klimov at 9:45 p.m., ET...Finally got to see “The Book of Manning.” I thought it was great. Archie Manning was the original “Johnny Football”...Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neill must be rolling over in their graves right about now...I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and I tweet at www.twitter.com/stevemaxboxing. We also have a Facebook fan page at www.facebook.com/MaxBoxing, where you can discuss our content with Maxboxing readers as well as chime in via our fully interactive article comments sections.